At the top end of phone plan pricing, your budget can afford you a lot of additional extras, but not every option may present value to you.
$140 isn't the absolute most you can spend on a mobile plan, excluding phone handset repayments, but it's still a high sum to spend, especially if you sign up for a 24-month contract. If you're giving your telco that much cash on a monthly basis, it's entirely fair to expect the top tier of inclusions and extra features as standard.
When you’re spending over $100 per month on mobile phone service, you should expect (and receive) only the very best in terms of inclusions. That goes way beyond regular domestic calls and texts, but should also include the top levels of data inclusions, international calling and more. Here’s what to consider with a higher-cost mobile plan to maximise your value:
- Am I getting the best value phone I can get? At the upper tiers of phone plan pricing, you should have a wide choice of bundled handsets on a 24-month contract. With the exception of the top tier premium models, most notably Apple’s iPhone line, you shouldn’t expect to be making handset repayments on top of your monthly bill. What you’ve then got to do is weigh up the relative value of offered handsets. Telcos would love you to take something inexpensive to them, but why play their game? Make sure you’re getting a premium device that you’ll love, because you’re certainly handing them enough money to justify just that.
- Will my data be fast and plentiful? At this price point no telco should be shortchanging you on data, but some do. It's about more than just the quantity, though, you should be looking at the provision of service as well. There’s not much point in choosing a network that provides sub-par service, because a huge quota’s no good if you can’t access it from your regular haunts.
- Do the extras suit my mobile lifestyle? Telcos will pretty much fall over themselves to give you extras at this price point, so choosing a plan becomes a matter of matching your mobile needs with the extras on offer. Most telcos will offer you a variety of international calling minutes, but do they include the places you’re likely to call? Likewise, some will offer free streaming services for a few months, but are these services you’re likely to use?